A New Study Shows

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Could there be four less inoffensive words than those anywhere in the English language. And yet when big business and government combine them in that form, my anti BS system automatically switches on. I’ve read, listened to and watched anything beginning with the words A New Study Shows, for well over five decades now. I hate to tell you this, but ninety-nine, point nine, nine, nine percent of these ‘studies’ are complete hocum.

Take food stuffs as a classic example of this kind of manouvering of the general public. Whenever there is a glut of a particular product we’re always told that it is good for us. When there is a paucity, the opposite applies. Have you ever wondered why? Studies show, thats why. You can make a study show anything you want, in this case a glut of a product that needs shifting, or a scarcity, in which case all of a sudden ‘studies’ show its bad for you.

What gets me is just how many people actually swallow the total BS in these ‘studies’, convinced that what they’re being told is fact! Just because an actor in a white coat or someone you have never heard of, purporting to be an expert on the subject, uses what sounds like a plausible argument to convince you, doesn’t make it fact?

Just think back to the days before unpasteurized milk. I’m talking about when I was a child in the forties and fifties. Before she skimmed off the rich top layer of cream, my mother always ensured I got to drink at least one glass of fresh warm creamy milk each day when my father returned from the milking shed with a bucket filled to the brim. She made the best butter and cheese anyone could ever taste from that milk.

Once pasteurization became the norm, it ensured that the natural bacteria in milk that is beneficial to all of us was killed off. All kinds of scare tactics were adopted to steer us away from everything made from the wholesome natural product by ‘studies’ which showed that rendering milk inert was good for you. Rubbish! All pasteurization ever did was let greedy businessmen get away with selling us a pale imitation of the real thing to make a hefty profit.

Years ago in the nineteen-eighties when Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease, struck the dairy herds in this country, the sales of beef products plummeted largely thanks to those interminable ‘studies’. All kinds of scare tactics were employed under the banner A New Study Shows to get people to refrain from eating anything beef based. The fact that the farmers themselves were entirely to blame for the outbreak, by feeding their cattle on the remains of other cattle, in the form of meat and bone meal (MBM), no doubt convinced by yet another of those damnable ‘studies’ that it was cheaper and therefore far better than feeding them grass or oats, was never made public at the outbreak of the epidemic.

The same applies to medicines. If a government decides the price asked by the manufacturers of any new medicinal breakthrough is too expensive, no matter that it will save lives, we’re steered away from questioning their penny pinching decision by yet another of those darned ‘studies’.

I could give you many other examples, but I won’t. What’s the point when so many of you assume that when confronted with what looks like an official study, foolishly you believe everything you are told by government and big business.

More fool you…

PS – Sorry folks I can’t help being a skeptic, I’ve always questioned everything when it purports to be scientifically proven, especially when it comes to those damned ‘studies’.

😉

Alan Duff: Why Eleanor Catton was right about NZ – National – NZ Herald News

Aland Duff writes about how New Zealand is beginning to deteriorate and how the country has tried to claim award winning auther Eleanor Catton’s success as its own…

Alan Duff: Why Eleanor Catton was right about NZ – National – NZ Herald News.

Winter Willows | A Poem

Ali’s lovely poem 🙂

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winter willows

Snow falls

Feather soft

For the robin, no perch here.

*

Across the field

mournful cattle low.

Too cold, the dark end of the year.

*

Soft hues of Eire

earth-brown, grass-green, sky-blue,

overcome by stark monochrome.

*

Diamonds sparkle

but the sun’s rays fail

to pull the beast from my home.

*

Silent falls the snow,

No choice but to endure.

Yet the trees hold up strong branches for more.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys

I thought you could all do with cheering up.

For years now when it comes to good old fashioned non PC belly laugh humour, shown between 7 – 9pm, the UK television channels have been sadly lacking. The same goes for full on variety shows like Sunday Night at the Palladium. These days what’s on offer most days of the week, and especially during the weekend, is mainly repeats of repeats, usually by the program in question being shown as ‘new’ on a different channel.

Who do they think they’re kidding?

At long last, once again there is a totally non PC, classic old fashioned comedy show called Mrs Brown’s Boys. Mrs Brown is written, produced, directed and played by the brilliant Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll. Most of the cast are actually members of his family. When it first appeared on our screens, the stuffed shirts at the BBC hoped that a public outcry would ensue, demanding it be axed. Needless to say it backfired on them. Mrs Brown’s Boys was exactly what the nine million plus viewers who watch it on a regular basis needed. Even so, the po-faced programme schedulers ensured that it appears after ten pm, just in case three individuals with no sense of humour, inevitably write in complaining about it being shown at peak viewing time.

Even classic American humour like The Carrol Burnett show, featuring the slapstick clown Tim Conway and his sidekick Roger Korman, who always corpsed at Tim’s antics, are sadly a thing of the past.

Mrs Browns Boys has collected the Best Situation Comedy award at the BAFTA’s on several occasions. Millions of us are now hardcore Mrs Brown fans, absolutely loving each half hour episode. It’s fourth season has just finished. Like all of O’Carroll’s fans over here I can’t wait for the next season to begin. To my American cousins I merely say this, if you can’t understand the way the Irish cast speak, don’t worry about it, just go with the flow. O’Carroll’s physical humour will keep you in stitches too.  😉

Here is a brilliant example of Mammy at her hilarious best…

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-01-03/mrs-brown-more-popular-than-the-queen-according-to-christmas-day-viewing-figures

An Alternative Model of Traditional Publishing: The Story of Runaway Smile

More from Nicholas 🙂

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From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books, including Το Χαμένο ΧαμόγελοI have decided to offer a tell-all of the story behind Runaway Smile on my blog. This is done for two reasons: first, I want to thank all the people who made it possible, especially Dimitris Fousekis and George Vasdekis. Second, I want to inspire any authors who are looking for a way to get published without surrendering all rights to their hard work, but for whatever reason are not interested in self-publishing.

The Runaway Smile started out as a silly poem that I was playing with in my head (you can read the final version of it at the end of the book). One day, back in 2012, I was having my childhood friend, Dimitris Fousekis, over for lunch. He’s a professional illustrator and liked the poem so much, that he suggested we turn it into a children’s book. This was before I decided to become an author…

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Most Mortals Need a Proofreader by Guest Author Wendy Janes @wendyproof

Most Mortals Need a Proofreader by Guest Author Wendy Janes @wendyproof

Never be scared of handing over your WIP to someone else to read through. 🙂

Lit World Interviews

Why can’t you successfully proofread your own work?

It’s very simple – you read what you expect to see.

When you read other people’s work it’s fresh and new. Any errors seem to leap from the page, as the following examples demonstrate:

“Perdita was so angry she felt like throwing the laptop out of the the attic window.”

“Mark was fifty-five minutes younger that Spencer. An injustice than irritated him no end.”

The errors in the above sentences look so obvious. However, when you’ve been working on your book for months, maybe longer, and you’ve re-worked, revised, edited, tweaked, fallen in and out of love with it more times than you can remember, it’s almost impossible to gain the professional distance that is required to proofread it effectively. This is no reflection on your skills as a writer.

I’d like to share my own (humbling) experience. You see, I’d been…

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